Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!
This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
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A Book I can Highly Recommend
Is it a Lost Cause?
by Marva J. Dawn
Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. in 1997
ISBN: 0802843735 ISBN-13: 9780802843739
"Is it a Lost Cause?" asks Dawn, about raising genuinely Christians children in our culture, an
individualistic, narcissistic culture that chooses many idolatries to assuage or repress that deep
"sehnsucht" (inner yearning).
With thorough research, penetrating insight, and a deeply burdened heart for the children and
youth, especially of our churches, she lays out the dangers and distractions facing them, and how
the church and parents can counter-act. Quite intentionally the church must stand as an alternative
community formed by God's Word, genuinely demonstrating His love, and seek to inform each other
in the character of Christ. All the church, leaders, parents, other members alike, must learn to
worship God in truth and support one another in raising godly children by the power of the Spirit
to Jesus' model.
The questions at the end of each chapter will stimulate much thought and debate in a discussion
At the beginning I wondered if this were directed mostly at youth pastors, then saw that the author
was laying a strong Biblical groundwork for her thesis that the Christian community must work
together to train and save the next generation. Dawn articulates exactly how I've been feeling for
years as a result of my ministry to church children. I want to study and mark up this book again so
I can make the points my own agenda in my new role as Sunday School Superintendent.
At a recent committee meeting, I needed those dangers of media consumption on the tip of my tongue
to refuse the idea of showing videos to our classes so our teachers can go to the lake in the summer
The chapters on worship, consumerism, violence, and nurturing children for sexuality character are
each excellent, and together make this a worthy resource that ought to be in every church library.
(In fact, I'm ready to go look for her other books, and those she quotes and recommends as well).
(Reprinted with Permission from Provident Bookfinder)
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